Exploring Resilient Building Design: CE Course

Exploring Resilient Building Design; Past experience with disasters inform current design decisions By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP Learning Objectives – After this course, you should be able to: Identify and recognize the basic principles and terms associated with resilient building design and disaster mitigation. Assess a variety of methods to protect a building… Read More

Resilience recommended to Trump Administration

The prestigious National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), empowered by Congress to identify ways to strengthen the built environment, has issued a series of recommendations to the Trump Administration, and resilience is at the top of their agenda. For the past four decades, NIBS, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization, has identified solutions to problems such as removing… Read More

FEMA Guide on School Safety: Safer, Stronger, Smarter

This FEMA Guide provides up-to-date, authoritative information that schools can use to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing natural hazards and upgrading the resilience of school buildings. It is intended to be used by administrators, facilities managers, emergency managers, emergency planning committees, and teachers. It also provides information that could be of great use to members of… Read More

Designing Resilient Building Envelopes (Webinar)

https://continuingeducation.bnpmedia.com/courses/fibertite/designing-resilient-building-envelopes-web-live/ The concept of resilience is gaining attention among building professionals as a way to address the risks to building occupants posed by severe storms, droughts and similar climate-related threats. Compared to the related concept of durability, resiliency looks beyond considerations of material strength and design redundancy by asking how building occupants will be protected… Read More

The Role of the Roof in Resilient Building Design

A presentation made by ERA staff at the Med-Ed Facilities Conference in Boston in April 2017. ERA Resilience PPT v4 for MedEd Facilities April 2017 for website Thomas Hutchinson, AIA, CSI, FRCI, RRP Principal, Hutchinson Design Group, Ltd. Design & Technical Consultant EPDM Roofing Association Ellen Thorp, M.A., CAE Principal, Meridian Consulting LLC Associate Executive Director… Read More

Building Enclosure: Resiliency in Construction

Source: Building Enclosure Author: Louisa Hart Link: http://www.buildingenclosureonline.com/articles/86679-resiliency-in-construction Introduction There’s been intensifying discussion recently about the resiliency of the buildings where we work and live, how we can improve their odds at surviving natural disasters and ensure that they can rebound quickly to be fully functioning. André Desjarlais leads the Building Envelope Group at the… Read More

Buildings: Roofing’s Nine Roles in Resilience

In the buildings industry, the meaning of “green” has evolved significantly. In the 1980s the term focused tightly on environmental impacts. Since then it has broadened to include concepts of sustainability and then of resilience. The Resilient Design Institute identifies resilience as “the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality… Read More

Professional Roofing: Toward Resiliency

July 30 in Ellicott City, Md., began as a typical hot summer day. Founded in 1772 as a mill town along the bottom of a deep valley through which the Patapsco River flows, the city had seen plenty of serious floods. But July 30 proved to be anything but typical. That day, what the National… Read More

Buildings: Climate Resilience in 5 Steps

How well would your building stand up against a heat wave or a storm? Before you answer with your building’s specs, remember that they’re based on historic conditions – and your building will be subject to storms that are more intense and frequent than your design and equipment probably take into account. “Our buildings were… Read More